Movie Renter's Guide - August, 2008



"Rolling Stones: Shine a Light" (Blu-ray)


This is a behind the scenes chronicle of how the Rolling Stones concerts are set up and executed.

Martin Scorsese shoots the entire thing on video, from notes that list the music to be played, to setting up the stage and lighting, to rehearsal, and then to the concerts themselves.




  • Paramount Classics
  • 2008, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 1 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1280p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, DTS HD Master Audio
  • Directed by Martin Scorsese
  • Starring Mick Hagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood
  • Entertainment:
  • Video:
  • Audio:
  • Extras:
  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No


This reminds me of a recent Blu-ray documentary about Celine Dion, except the Rolling Stones have been doing concerts for decades, and it just seems so much more casual. But, the music is just as good as it has been all these years, and the concert goers are still just as enthusiastic.


It's all shot in video, and much of it has been converted to black & white with lots of video noise, I suppose, just for the effect.


There are some extra performances by the Stones not seen in the theatrical release and a behind the scenes featurette.